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Val Reads – and sings ‘The Road and the Miles to Dundee’


Wordfactory Salon #24 presents Val McDermid reading ‘The Road and the Miles to Dundee’
Introduced by Cathy Galvin
28 June 2014 

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Catch Val at the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival 16 – 20 July

Harrogate Crime Writing Festival

Date: Wednesday 16 – 20 July 2014
Time: various times – see opposite
Place: Harrogate, Yorkshire UK
Cost: see ticket prices


Old peculier Crime Writing Festival 2014

J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith in conversation with Val McDermid

Friday 18th July 2014 

SPECIAL GUEST EVENT: Robert Galbraith in Conversation with Val McDermid

7.30pm | SOLD OUT *

(Please note, Weekend Rover tickets include access to this event. Please call 01423 562303 for more information on how to book a Weekend Rover Ticket)

Mark Billingham said “One of the most unique and compelling detectives I’ve come across in years”, Alex Gray described the novel as “one of the best crime novels I’ve ever read”, and Val McDermid said it reminded her “why I fell in love with crime fiction in the first place”. But when The Cuckoo’s Calling was first published, none of them knew that its author was not what he seemed. When it was revealed that Robert Galbraith was a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, one of the world’s most successful and beloved authors, there was a media storm and Rowling’s assured, superb crime debut rocketed up the charts. This year, the book’s compelling detective, Cormoran Strike returns in The Silkworm**. In this exclusive appearance, Rowling will talk about turning to crime with the Galbraith books with early fan Val McDermid. Don’t miss an amazing opportunity to see these two highly-acclaimed novelists on stage together.

Sponsored by: Little, Brown Book Group


New Blood

Saturday 19th July 2014 

12pm | Tickets £10

Always a highlight of the Festival, the New Blood panel provides a showcase for some of the year’s most outstanding debut crime novels, and Queen of Crime Val McDermid has once again personally selected four brilliant new writers. Ray Celestin, Eva Dolan, Helen Giltrow and Nicola White will be joining Val to discuss their inspirations, aspirations and – of course – their extraordinary first novels. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to discover the stars of tomorrow.

Sponsored by: HW Fisher & Company



Late Night Quiz

Saturday 19th July 2014  

10pm | Tickets £10

We’re not saying it gets deadly serious, but there are quizzes and then there’s the legendary Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival quiz. Hugely popular and hotly contested, it’s a chance to test your knowledge of crime trivia from pseudonyms to theme tunes against authors, publishers, agents, and fellow crime fans. Quiz masters and Celebrity Mastermind winners Mark Billingham and Val McDermid ask the questions to determine who will be waving aloft the genre’s most coveted cup.

Sponsored by: audible.co.uk

New Dundee University mortuary named after Val McDermid

Mortuary named after Val McDermid

Val Mcdermid MortuaryA new mortuary at Dundee University has been named after crime writer Val McDermid following a public vote.

The facility was funded by the “Million for a Morgue” campaign, during which the public donated money to the project while also voting for which crime author to name it after.

The campaign aimed to raise cash to match a £1m investment by the university for new facilities.

Ms McDermid said it was a “very proud moment” for her.

The Val McDermid Mortuary, which is now up and running, is the first in the UK to exclusively use the Thiel method of embalming, which it is hoped can provide “significant breakthroughs” in scientific, medical and dental research and training.

A total of 10 authors supported the campaign and were in the running to have the morgue named after them. Each online vote contributed £1 to the appeal.

Runner-up Stuart MacBride has had a dissection room at the mortuary named after him, while the other eight authors have had their names put on Thiel embalming tanks.

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Val McDermid’s Raith Rovers sponsorship

Raith Rovers

Val McDermid’s Raith Rovers sponsorship about giving ‘something back into the community’

Val McDermid shows off new Raith Rovers shirt

Raith Rovers will be dressed to kill next season after sponsor Val McDermid revealed the club’s new strip.

Crime writer and lifelong fan McDermid was at Stark’s Park to unveil the shirt the players will wear as they take on Rangers, Hibernian and Hearts in the Scottish Championship.

McDermid’s decision to sponsor the kit was announced earlier this week.

She said: “I grew up in a culture where there was the notion that if you did well, if you were lucky enough to have a talent and to be successful, then you should put something back into the community that nourished you, and this is a way of doing that.”

The Kirkcaldy team caused “dancing in the streets of Raith” in April when they lifted the Ramsdens Cup.

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Interview about Val’s radio drama


BBC Radio 4 – ‘Deadheading’  by Val McDermid

Cast of 'Deadhead' - radio drama

Interview about Deadheading

Crime writer Val McDermid turns her hand to radio drama with a comic thriller set amongst the plots and sheds of a Lancashire allotment in Deadheading (15 Minute Drama – Mon – Fri 1045, rpt 19.45). The drama stars Julie Hesmondhalgh and Miriam Margolyes.  Here Val McDermid answers some question about her writing, recording the drama and her next project.

Val McDermid was talking to Deadheading programme Producer Justine Potter

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15 Minute Drama on Radio 4 fm

15 Minute Drama

BBC Radio 4 – ‘Deadheading’  by Val McDermid

Deadheading - Radio Drama


Crime writer Val McDermid turns her hand to radio drama in Deadheading. a comic thriller set amongst the plots and sheds of a Lancashire allotment. 

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Episode 1

1/5 A body is found on an allotment in Cranby.

Episode 2

2/5 Are there green shoots of love between Alma and Jo?

Episode 3

3/5 Alma and Jason follow the money to intrigue on a market veg stall.

Episode 4

4/5 Fear stalks the herd. Surely we must be getting nearer to solving the crime.

Episode 5

5/5 Events draw to a climax in the traditional mode of the detective story.


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